By Ksenija Edelinski, Jefmija Živković, and Bruno Posša, A-SMYLE Serbia ‘13
Saturday, September 28 was a very eventful day for the people of Novi Sad. Our project Gde gori, govori! or Where’s the fire, speak! and the Association of Fire Fighting Departments of Vojvodina took place in the city square from 11 a.m. until around 1:30 p.m.
The event consisted of multiple fire and first aid drills, with an accompaniment of the trumpet orchestra. There were drills where children were taught how to use fire extinguishers, where fire fighters used hoses in a performance with colored water, mini first aid competitions with life-like dummies, a simulation of first responders at the scene of an accident by volunteers from the Red Cross, as well as other simulations of phone calls between people and the fire fighting department on what to do in case of emergency.
We three alumni organized this event in conjunction with the Association of Fire Fighting Departments of Vojvodina and the Red Cross. Other A-SMYLE alumni came out to volunteer at the action as well and included: Vanja Živković, Nikola Pejaković, Nemanja Miltenović, Ksenia Pavlović, Nađa Mlađenović, Tamara Rudić, Anita Varga, Maja Mazić, A-SMYLE ’13, and Stefan Panić, A-SMYLE ‘11. There were even volunteers outside of the alumni association that helped us, too.
Two local businesses—Minaqua and Đani—bakery donated food and water for this action, and we would like to thank them. We would also like to thank all the fire fighting departments and the Red Cross of Novi Sad for making this event as big and interesting as it was. We would like to thank American Councils and the U.S. Department of State for funding our project and making it all possible. If we prevent just one fire, we have already made some difference, and that is all what we are looking for.